New York Without Snow

Trip Start Nov 08, 2006
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Monday, June 1, 2009

You're not supposed to capitalize prepositions in titles, but doesn't "New York without Snow" look stupid?  Then we're all in agreement.

It was our last stop on our 4-month tour of America.  We had round-trip tickets from Bangkok to NYC, so we headed back to NY for a week before flying back to Thailand.  I was looking forward to hanging out with Manny some more.  I had become so deathly ill so quickly when we arrived that we didn't get to do much.  Plus, Manny is in med school, which apparently takes a fair amount of time and focus.  But he hung out with us several days and we went out a couple of times at night. 

This time, Lindsey got sick, which was particularly problematic because her sister met us in NY to go back to Thailand with us.  So I took Jackie to the city to see some museums.  We had previously said 15 words to each other during the 5 years I had been dating Lindsey, so I'm sure she wasn't thrilled about her sister being bedridden and me being her guide.  But such is life.  Then it rained all day, and I took her to museums I had just been to and got drenched in Central Park.  I wasn't sure how to entertain her.  It was difficult, because the only person I've traveled with in the last several years is Lindsey, and we like the same things and enjoy one another immensely.  This was an entirely different dynamic.  I didn't know how to talk about any aspect of popular culture and she seemed less than enthused about my thoughts on impressionism and Meso-American pottery.  But then we met Manny at the oldest bar in NY and drank some bad-ass local brew and friendliness came much easier.  Then I went home at 10 to take care of Lindsey, and Manny showed Jack how much more fun it is to do shots until 4 a.m. in Kew Gardens than wander around the Met in wet clothes.  Manny 1, Dane 0. 

We did have some better weather the next day and Lindsey was well enough to hit the town.  Manny joined us and we walked all over the city.  We went to watch a taping of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.  Manny hooked up tickets and that was pretty incredible.  Paul Simon was on and he played with The Roots.  Steve Martin was on and he was brilliant.  And then Tina Fey showed up and sat in the audience.  Probably the highlight of the trip. 

It was my 4th time to NY and I had still never seen the Statue of Liberty, even from a distance.  So we took the Staten Island Ferry and saw that.  It's kinda cool.  I assume if I was poor, tired, or a member of some sort of huddled mass yearning to be free, it would be more impressive

Also, when we first talked to Jack about NY, and asked her what she most wanted to see, she did not respond "The Met," "The Guggenheim," or "The Empire State Building."  She said, "Hard Rock Cafe."  So after lots of laughing and incessant teasing, we did stumble upon Hard Rock in Times Square. 

Later, we wandered into FAO Schwartz and saw the toy extravaganza.  I was hoping to see the giant piano from Big, but it's not there anymore.  We did see some super life-like baby dolls on sale for $100.  You could buy a real baby for less than that in Thailand.

That evening, we walked over the Brooklyn Bridge and took some cool photos and had awesome pizza, which we did several times a day every day.  What else?  I saw a monk in full old-school monkishness talking to a cop.  I found that fascinating.  I imagine the conversation went something like, "The Lord is my shepherd, and I have taken a vow of chastity and asceticism."  "Yeah, God's the freakin' best.  Fuhgedaboutit.  The Holy Trinty, you know?  God, the son and Joe Dimaggio.  Take it easy paisan." 

I also imagine that all New York cops talk like the Jerky Boys.

That was pretty much it.  Manny took us to the airport so we didn't have to drag our luggage through the New York subway again with people unceremoniously telling us to "Get the f*ck out of the way."  Next stop: Abu Dhabi. 
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